Standing Strong in the Face of Adversity

Posted in Sermons on June 28, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Week 5- The Shield

Ephesians 6:16

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Staying Strong in the Face of Adversity

Posted in Sermons on June 28, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Week 4- Gospel Shoes

Ephesians 6:14-15

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Staying Strong in the Face of Adversity

Posted in Ephesians, Wednesday PM on June 28, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Week 3 – The Belt and the Breastplate

Ephesians 6:14-17

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Staying Strong in the Face of Adversity

Posted in Sermons on June 28, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Week 2-  The Full Armor

Ephesians 6:10- 18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Staying Strong in the Face of Adversity

Posted in Ephesians, Wednesday PM on June 28, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Week 1-  A Personal Battle

Ephesians 6:10- 18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Last Days?

Posted in Sermons on June 23, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Acts 2:14-21

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!  No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Dr. Paul Kooistra- Sermon at the 37th General Assembly of the PCA

Posted in Sermons on June 19, 2009 by Ted Mattis

Kooistra mediumPaul Kooistra has served as coordinator of Mission to the World since 1994. Last year, he was elected as Moderator of the 36th General Assembly of the PCA.  Previously, he served as president of Covenant Theological Seminary, professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and Belhaven College, and staff minister in Florida.  Dr. Kooistra delivered this sermon at the opening Service of Worship of the 37th General Assembly calling our denomination away from partisan, self-promoting pursuits and back to Jesus.  His text was 1Co 1:26- “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,* not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.”

Listen to Dr. Kooistra’s Sermon here: